Cosmos: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, was our first stop in the country. It is a large city with many dirt roads off the major streets. During our two days there, we visited reminders of the Killing Fields period of the country’s history.

Cosmos: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

We left Phnom Penh at sunrise on a boat that took us five hours up the Tonle Sap River to Siem Reap, the nearest city to Angkor Wat. We each bought three day passes to the Angkor temples, which cover an area of 77 square miles.

Japan: Tokyo and Nikko

After arriving in Japan, we spent the first three days in Tokyo. We visited several of the city sights, including the zoo, Ginza and Shinjuku. We also took a day trip to Nikko, which was a two hour train ride each way.

Japan: Hiroshima

Our first extended bullet train ride to Hiroshima was a great event. We went right by Mt Fuji as we sped south toward Hiroshima. Once there, we spent time exploring the beauty of Miyajima Island and also visiting the important and sobering sights associated with the atomic bombing at the end of World War II. We found Hiroshima to be a very enlightening place.

Japan: Kyoto and Takayama

We began our second week in Japan by visiting Kyoto and the wonderful temples in the city. Also included in our time there was a day trip to Nara. Then we took a train trip, along the Japan Sea, to Takayama, located in the mountains. The move to a more rural area was a welcome change and the kids enjoyed an afternoon in the park.

Japan: Nagano and Matsumoto

Our last stop before returning to Tokyo was in Nagano, the site of the 1998 Olympic Games. In addition to visiting this city and large temple, we took a day trip to Matsumoto to visit one of the few surviving castles in Japan.

China: Luoyang

«Beijing and The Great Wall Xian – Terracotta Warriors» [Show picture list] 26 – 27 September 2001 We left Beijing’s West Train Station at 12:45pm on Wednesday to begin our …